Safeguarding Statement

St John Fisher Catholic High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school. All North Yorkshire schools, including St John Fisher Catholic High School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. Any concerns are passed through to the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ in school in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance. The school uses CPOMS software for its recording of child protection, safeguarding and a range of pastoral and welfare issues.

The school currently has four Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs Crichton, Assistant Head: Personal Development (Lead DSL)

Mrs Crutchley, Pastoral Manager (Deputy DSL)

Miss Haywood-Shott, Associate Assistant Head

Mr Tanner Smith, Associate Assistant Head

 The Designated Safeguarding Team responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring procedures to safeguard young people are in place and are updated as appropriate
  • Raising awareness about safeguarding issues in order to overcome barriers to young people reporting their concerns
  • Helping adults recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to safeguarding concerns
  • Providing help and advice on how to respond to safeguarding concerns about young people and how to respond appropriately.
  • Explaining ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
  • Addressing specific issues such as photography and images on the internet, supporting performers, physical contact, one-to-one coaching, journeys in cars, conduct on school trips, etc.
  • Providing advice/support to staff, parents and carers and for confidential discussions about concerns.
  • Co-ordinating arrangements for monitoring of students who have been identified as being in need of protection.
  • Making referrals to social care and other external agencies.

If you have any concerns that a young person at our school is at risk of harm please contact the school office and ask to speak to member of the Designated Safeguarding Team.

 The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

The school’s Child Protection Policy is available publicly on our website www.sjfchs.org.uk

The following website links provide advice and information for parents: